Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, after a phone call with his US counterpart Joe Biden, expressed his “gratitude” for the additional US military aid package to Kiev, on Wednesday.
“The United States has announced a new reinforcement of our defense, a new support package worth one billion dollars… I am grateful for this support, it is especially important for our defense in Donbas,” the entire eastern region of the country that Russian forces are trying to control, Zelensky said in his daily evening address.
‘Grateful to America’
“I am also grateful for the (US) leadership in mobilizing the help of all partners,” he added.
He also confirmed that he also discussed with the US President “the tactical situation on the battlefield and how to accelerate our victory.”
“I struggle daily”
And he added, “I fight every day for Ukraine to have the necessary weapons and equipment…but courage, wisdom and tactical skills cannot be imported. Our heroes have these.”
In another context, Zelensky said that he also had a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“Support until victory”
In a tweet, Johnson said London supported Kyiv “until its final victory”.
“The G7 and NATO summits later this month will be an opportunity to demonstrate the West’s unity and determination to support Ukraine in the long term,” he added.
Earlier Wednesday, Biden announced an additional $1 billion military aid package to Ukraine that includes more artillery, coastal anti-ship defense systems, artillery ammunition, and advanced missile systems currently used by Kyiv’s forces.